Topps Takes A Swing At Alliteration, And So Do I

When I was a young collector, Topps issued cards that featured teammates with titles like Buc Blasters, Tiger Twirlers, Tribe Thumpers, Sox Sockers and the like. I remember hoarding them because they had a team’s best players on the same card. These cards, along with stars like Mays, Mantle, Killebrew

Baseball Card Pack Choices

I recently went to a local shopping center with the goal of buying one of each type of 2017 Topps packs that I could find. I was curious about the varying baseball card delivery systems that Topps has devised, what each one cost, what types of cards they contained and


The Boston Red Sox

When I look at a team’s chances, I usually start with the pitchers and then work my way out. Not so with this edition of the Boston Red Sox. Without taking anything away from the pitching staff, which looks good, I’m going to kick things off with the outfield, and

The San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants once possessed a balance and depth that rhythmically proclaimed the sum was greater than the number of its parts. But the solid foundation that enabled this squad to win World Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014 has developed a few cracks. The Giants will still be

The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are loaded. They’ve got outstanding starting pitching, a lights out closer, an air-tight defense, a potent attack with plenty of power, speed on the bases and a brilliant Manager with a winning track record. No wonder they took the Chicago Cubs into extra innings in Game 7

Baseball Cards 103: Parallels

A parallel baseball card is the same as its base card counterpart in all ways but one, its border. Parallels are made in much smaller quantities than base cards and are more valuable, hence more expensive, to the collectors who seek them. The parallel cards that I’m most familiar with


Baseball Cards 102: Insert Cards

The first time I remember receiving an insert card in a baseball card wax pack was in 1965. That was the year I bought my first box of cards. I remember instantly disliking them and thinking they were the ugliest cards I ever saw. And they were, at least until


Baseball Cards 101: Topps

Topps is the General Motors of the baseball card business. Just like General Motors produces cars and trucks under a variety of brands, such as Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick, so too does Topps with its baseball cards. The number of brands that Topps issues is dizzying, and I frequently


Timmy… Please Don’t!

Not too long ago I read a post in SB Nation that stated Tim Lincecum wanted to continue pitching in the major leagues. In order to do so he was working out with the goal of holding a showcase for any teams that might be interested in signing him. A


Where’s Grubby Glove? Here I Am!

A short time ago one of my baseball cronies asked me where Grubby Glove had been hiding, and I must confess, he had a valid question. When I gave the question some thought, I realized I’ve been in plain sight, albeit in a related arena, all along. My off-season, baseball